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Directors

 

Dr Keith Howard OBE: Founder and Group Board Member

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Founder and Group Board Chairman Dr Keith Howard remains actively involved with the company's strategy and direction. Keith was for a number of years Chair of Europe's largest Doctoral programme in business and management at Bradford University's School of Management. Read more about Keith Howard.

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Richard Bevan: Group CEO & Chairman

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Richard joined Emerald in 2008 as Group Finance and Operations Director, becoming the Chief Executive in 2010. He has previously held Senior Executive positions at Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Asda, and most recently was a member of the Board at Fenwick Stores Limited.

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Richard joined Emerald in 2008 as Group Finance and Operations Director, becoming the Chief Executive in 2010. He has previously held Senior Executive positions at Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Asda, and most recently was a member of the Board at Fenwick Stores Limited.

His career in retailing included a broad range of commercial, operational and financial roles. An economist and FCMA by training, his real passion is for driving genuine business improvement and sustainable growth, underpinned always by a customer first mentality.

In recent years, Emerald has extended its niche through a combination of organic developments and acquisitions, positioning itself assertively as a global knowledge business that brings research to life. This remains the strategic focus of the Group.

He is married to Liz and together they have two grown-up children, Harriet and George, who are following their respective passions for rock music and marine conservation. Home is in Ilkley, with an abundance of good dog walking and healthy living, including the gym and relaxing to music with a good read.

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Vicky Williams: Emerald Publishing CEO

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Vicky has held a variety of senior roles at Emerald in her 18 years at Emerald, including Head of Publishing Development, Director of Business and Development and, most recently, Director of People (HR) and CEO of Emerald’s creative agency business, Research Media.

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Vicky has held a variety of senior roles at Emerald in her 18 years at Emerald, including Head of Publishing Development, Director of Business and Development and, most recently, Director of People (HR) and CEO of Emerald’s creative agency business, Research Media.

This range and level of experience – spanning editorial, new product and digital development, business intelligence, HR and global marketing communications – gives Vicky unique insight into the challenges and opportunities facing academic publishing, and makes her ideally placed to take Emerald forward to meet them.

Vicky – a Cambridge graduate with an MA in International Business from Leeds Beckett – is also a keen advocate for gender diversity in academic publishing, launching Emerald’s workplace gender diversity programme, Stride, and appearing as a panellist on the issue at international academic conferences and events.

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Harriet Bell: Marketing Director

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Harriet joined Emerald in October 2015 as Marketing Director, taking responsibility for the development and delivery of the company’s marketing operations worldwide. Harriet also has responsibility for Emerald's digital product development and oversight of the Business Intelligence function.

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Harriet joined Emerald in October 2015 as Marketing Director, taking responsibility for the development and delivery of the company’s marketing operations worldwide. Harriet also has responsibility for Emerald's digital product development and oversight of the Business Intelligence function.

Prior to this, Harriet's 20-year career primarily in scholarly and academic publishing most recently included the role of VP, Journal & Data Solutions at RELX Group.Throughout her career, Harriet has held a number of other senior executive positions in the industry, including Head of Marketing for Scopus and Publisher of TheLancet.com, during which time she has driven a wide range of digital initiatives and product developments to enhance customer experience.

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Simon Cox: Group Finance & People Director

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Simon joined Emerald Group in 2013. Prior to this, he qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, specializing in corporate finance whilst working in the UK and Asia-Pacific.

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Simon joined Emerald Group in 2013. Prior to this, he qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, specializing in corporate finance whilst working in the UK and Asia-Pacific.

Subsequently he worked for Barclays plc as a Corporate Director, managing a diverse team with over £600m of assets under management, and with Emerald Group as a client where he first got to know the business.

Simon has direct responsibility for group functions including Customer Operations, Finance, Legal and Property & Services.

Simon's focus at Emerald is to provide the appropriate governance framework to support the continued global expansion of Emerald, and to influence the Group’s execution of strategy. In this role, Simon is also the director responsible for leading the Group’s merger & acquisition activity.

Outside of work, Simon has three young (and energetic) children to keep him occupied. He also enjoys mountain biking, watching cricket & rugby and playing music, when he gets the chance!

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Shariq Mumtaz: Managing Director – Global Sales

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Shariq joined the Board in November 2009 and manages operations in the Middle-East, India, China and the Asia-Pacific region, expanding Emerald's operations and service offering within these markets.

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Shariq joined the Board in November 2009 and manages operations in the Middle-East, India, China and the Asia-Pacific region, expanding Emerald's operations and service offering within these markets.

Shariq joined Emerald's sales division in January 2005 and was appointed Regional General Manager for China and India in 2006. Within this role, he set up the company’s operations in China and India and managed the expansion. He has also been instrumental in the agreement of a number of national licensing deals as well as setting up offices in Boston, Brazil, Dubai, Taiwan and Australia. Prior to joining Emerald, Shariq held various senior sales and management positions in retail and on an international arena, managing worldwide sales in the medical supply industry.

Shariq graduated in International Business and Japanese at Liverpool John Moores University and also obtained an MA in International Business in 2009 from Leeds Metropolitan University.

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Tony Roche, Publishing & Strategic Relations Director

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Tony joined Emerald from Elsevier in July 2012, where he was Publishing Director for Business and Management Sciences. Tony endorses a customer-led approach to publishing, ensuring that Emerald’s publishing teams are immersed in the market place, working with customers to shape content with impact on multiple levels.

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Tony joined Emerald from Elsevier in July 2012, where he was Publishing Director for Business and Management Sciences. Tony endorses a customer-led approach to publishing, ensuring that Emerald’s publishing teams are immersed in the market place, working with customers to shape content with impact on multiple levels.

During his 19 years in the publishing industry, Tony has developed end-to-end publishing processes for journals, books and online products, led publishing activities for a variety of subject communities, from management to energy and aerospace, and developed award winning publications such as the Journal of Informetrics.

Tony holds an MSc in Quaternary Research.

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Phill Jones, Chief Technology Officer

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Phill takes a strategic lead on Emerald's delivery of digital solutions to better serve its communities, including the enhancement of the emeraldInsight.com research platform and creating scalable solutions across the Group – made up of Emerald Publishing, GoodPractice and Towards Maturity – that are end-to-end and market-driven.

Read more about Phill Jones.

Phill takes a strategic lead on Emerald's delivery of digital solutions to better serve its communities, including the enhancement of the emeraldInsight.com research platform and creating scalable solutions across the Group – made up of Emerald Publishing, GoodPractice and Towards Maturity – that are end-to-end and market-driven.

He helps ensure that the platform stands out from competitor solutions by making its users' lives easier, delivering an outstanding user experience, and helping increase the impact of research by making it even more discoverable, accessible and easily sharable both to academic audiences and beyond.

A former physicist turned publishing technology professional with research, editorial, product and executive management experience at Digital Science, JoVE, and Harvard Medical School, Phill is also a Scholarly Kitchen 'Chef' (a regular contributor to the highly influential scholarly communications blog), a member of the editorial board of Learned Publishing, and serves on a number of industry committees for both the STM association and Society for Scholarly Publishing.

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